Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Book Review: Like Fresh Fallen Snow (The Graysons #2) by Tara Wyatt

Release date: October 25th, 2016
Author links: Goodreads - Twitter - Website
Publisher: Swerve
Pages: 77

[copy provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review]

Description (from Goodreads):

Everyone needs a New Years’ kiss.

Ellie Richards’ New Year’s Resolution: this will be her year, no men necessary. Who needs them when she has a successful website, a great apartment, and plans to ring in the New Year at a ski lodge with her best friend. That’s until Ellie gets stuck in a snowbank and a gorgeous, blue-eyed cop throws a wrench in her plans.

Matt Grayson intended to spend his last day of the year getting everything ready for his move across the country. But when he helps dig Ellie’s car out from the side of the road, something about this cute blonde who spews out pop culture references makes Matt wish he didn’t have to leave the next day.

When fate brings Ellie and Matt together that same night at a party, the sizzling tension between them bubbles like a bottle of champagne. As midnight looms closer, their time together grows shorter. Is their budding romance doomed to be nothing but a night of memories, or can it survive the changes the new year will bring?

Oh how I hope this book would have been longer and thus allowed for more character development! I really think both Ellie and Matt are much more interesting as characters than Luke and Christie from the first book, but unfortunately, their tale just seems like too much too fast.

Ellie is a writer for a website that focuses on all things nerdy. She is funny, a little bit awkward, and definitely a character I would have liked to read a lot more about. Matt is a hot tattooed police officer/detective to be. He is protective, has a sense of humor, and just generally sounds like a great guy. Ellie and Matt meet on New Year's Eve and end up spending the night together, both realizing VERY quickly that what they feel for each other could develop into something more serious.

Like Fresh Fallen Snow feels even more instalove-y than the first book in the series because the events of the story cover only like three or four days. Like Fresh Fallen Snow is only a bit over 70 pages long which makes it a super quick read. It is an okay story (though not really Christmas-related, which is something I expected it to be), but as said, the instalove thing feels a bit too much. 

I am bummed that these characters were not given more time to develop because I think they would have made a great pair for a longer romance novel. As it is, Like Fresh Fallen Snow is one you should pick up if you don't mind instalove and are looking for a quick read.


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